Despite the rainy week, there was a little more colour than usual at the Terrace Women’s Resource Centre July 20-23.
The centre hosted community members in the afternoons to paint rocks for its new community garden.
“In this area there is a beautiful social movement of painting and leaving rocks and if you find a rock that aligns with you you are socially called to paint one and replace it,” said Brin Friend, program coordinator.
“We thought one way to positively engage the community in our community garden project, even though we are in the early stages, we wanted to invite the community to come and paint rocks.”
Friend said rock painting is an activity that everyone can do to participate in the development of the community garden, which she hopes will eventually grow food for anyone who wants to engage. It was also a way for people to get more familiar with the Terrace Women’s Resource Centre in general.
“We are hoping to invite the public to engage in a positive manner and to also become comfortable with the resource centre because we are here for everyone to access,” said Friend.
“It fits into the social fabric and what the community already engages in as well, it will help to, I hope, create a positive relationship with our community members because we are here to help everyone and we would really like everyone to know that,” said Friend.
The Terrace Women’s Resource Centre was established in 1980. It is a registered non-profit that owns the Family Place at 4553 Park Ave.
The building is occupied over 250 days of the year by public groups like the North West Métis Association and Terrace Pride Pals. The women’s centre delivers workshops and resources on topics like health, finances and childcare. The centre has a public access computer, volunteer tax clinics, a lending library for parents, and is involved in several other initiatives.